[ tan-uh-nah, -naw ]

noun,plural Tan·a·nas, (especially collectively) Tan·a·na for 2.
  1. a river flowing northwest from eastern Alaska to the Yukon River. About 650 miles (1,045 km) long.

  2. a member of a North American Indian people of the Tanana River drainage basin in east-central Alaska.

  1. the Athabascan language of the Tanana.

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How to use Tanana in a sentence

  • A great silence hovered over the forest which bounded the banks of the Tanana River.

    On the Yukon Trail | Roy J. Snell
  • All these circumstances give to the Tanana the appearance of equality with the more important stream.

    Along Alaska's Great River | Frederick Schwatka
  • He came in the year 1879, and established a post for the purpose of trafficking in the furs of the Tanana Indians.

    The Boy With the U. S. Survey | Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • It lies on the Tanana River, practically at the head of navigation.

    The Land of Tomorrow | William B Stephenson, Jr.
  • It was bad hunting, and the Tanana people made payment for the bad hunting.

    Love of Life | Jack London

British Dictionary definitions for Tanana


/ (ˈtænənɑː) /

  1. a river in central Alaska, rising in the Wrangell Mountains and flowing northwest to the Yukon River. Length: about 765 km (475 miles)

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